I was still rather new, and there was some stuff going on with an illness with the Xorans, a reptilian race exclusive to Achaea. A week or so later, there was a huge event where one of the most beloved NPCs of the game, Ashaxei the Great White Dragon, was killed by ormyrr. Many players had a connection to this NPC, it was the NPC that grants the dragon race upon reaching level 99 and had been for a very long time. There were really well written events posts from the administrators detailing everything that happened, and I found myself curious and drawn to what was going on.
So while all of this was exciting I had trouble connecting it to my character. I was not really very invested into the game yet in either time or money, and was still curious about whether I should stick around or not. And then all of a sudden I hear gods shouting, and one of the gods is taken prisoner in this strange new world. A few days later, other gods go in to rescue him, and all of them die. Yes, the gods died. There were orders for these gods (with players in them, of course) and I am sure each order had a lot of work put into it, but still, some gods were killed and their orders were disbanded.
I can only imagine how devastating that must have been for some players – some of their characters have been in these orders for real life years. A few days later, more gods die, and the gods eventually get into this crazy, epic battle royale. It was intense and felt like I was reading the climax of a book, it was incredible. It made me want to actually get invested into the game. As things progressed things got more and more intense, and I got more and more impressed with the game. I do not want to completely spoil the rest of the event for potential players, but here are some of the other things that happened:
- An entire player city that was here since pretty much the beginning of the game was completely destroyed (without even any ruins!), and an entire faction was built around this city.
- Many gods were killed, from really active ones to ones that were not active at all, two were brought back, and even ones that were not active in the last few centuries showed up!
- A new god was summoned, and he got stronger and stronger from the other gods' essence and strength.
- Characters all became demigods and demigoddesses and battled hundreds of Dala'myrr, some of the most mighty denizens this game has seen, and helped the rest of the surviving gods kill the new god that threatened the world.
Needless to say, the final battle was the most epic experience I had had in any game, and although there were a lot of technical difficulties, it was amazing. I am now one of those people that spend probably far too much time on the game, and would spend too much money if I had it.